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How Undergoing IVF Can Affect Your Mental Health

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Planning a family entails a lot regardless of how you choose to conceive a child, and couples undergoing In vitro fertilization (IVF) want to know everything they can about IVF before undergoing the process. IVF treatments have advanced far from the first live birth with the treatment in 1978, according to the National Library of Medicine. In the decades since, IVF has become a way for couples and individuals who are seeking to have a child to make that dream a reality. Some choose to undergo IVF treatment for fertility issues. For those in same-sex relationships, IVF can be a way of having a child without heterosexual sex. Over a million babies were born thanks to IVF between 1987 and 2015, according to a report released by the U.S. Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology.

“This outcome feels like a miracle, but the process also involves some sacrifices,” Clara Moskowitz wrote in a The New York Times article recounting she and her wife’s experience undergoing IVF costs — monetarily, physically, and mentally. Before visiting a fertility clinic for the first time, here are some mental health effects of IVF you may not hear about.

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